August 4, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Things are tough all over, but fish are still being caught. Fishing the moment and making adjustments will put bass in the boat.

The cooling trend continues in August and fish are getting accustomed to the stable water temperatures. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Highs in the low 80s to start the week. With mid 80s by the end of the week. Dry on Monday and Tuesday but later in the week, typical August scattered and late day thunderstorms. Cool nights low 60s to 70.

Start every day with topwaters. High morning tides make topwaters a good choice. Work walkers like the Lucky Craft Gunfish or the G-Splash popper with varying speeds until fish let you know the speed. Abandon this pattern once fish start to swirl on baits or just stop biting altogether. But throw hollow Mann's Super Frogs on GAMMA Torque 60-pound test braid when grass is topped out, even in the mid day.

As the tide falls or the topwater bite diminishes, try chartreuse chatter jigs with a chartreuse HardNose JerkShad on Gamma EDGE 16-pound test and a 7-foot medium heavy rod. Cranking shad patterned Mann's Baby 1-Minus might work too. Try a variety of moving baits including Mann's HardNose Swim Shads, 7/0 Mustad 1/4-ounce Swimbait hook for the larger 5.5-inch bait...5/0 1/8 ounce Swimbait hook for the 4.5 inch baits. For the Swimbaits, GAMMA 16-pound test EDGE fluorocarbon line on a 7-foot or longer medium heavy rod.

With sun, try skipping stick worms under docks before the tide falls. With a low tide, heavy drop shot rigs with a 3/16 ounce Water Gremlin BullShot weight pitched to hard grass edges with deeper water will work until the tide comes back in.